Varicose veins are not only unsightly, but they can also cause uncomfortable symptoms. Fortunately, several different treatments exist to address this condition. One of the most common treatments for varicose veins is known as endovenous laser treatment.

What is Endovenous Laser Treatment?

Endovenous laser treatment, which may also be called “EVLT” or “ELVT,” is a procedure used to treat varicose veins with very little pain and recovery time. This treatment is effective even on some of the largest varicose veins commonly found in the legs.

How Does it Work?

Endovenous laser treatment utilizes a laser, which is a focused beam of light that creates heat. During the procedure, a vein doctor inserts a thin catheter into your abnormal vein. The doctor then threads a laser fiber into the catheter using ultrasound guidance. Laser energy is introduced into the vein via this fiber. The energy destroys the walls of the vein, forcing it to close off and die. Eventually, the body absorbs the vein and it will no longer be visible.

Benefits of Endovenous Laser Treatment

Endovenous Laser Treatment offers several advantages over other treatment options. Some of these advantages include:

  • Quick and easy. – In most cases, endovenous laser treatment can be performed in only 45 minutes.
  • No general anesthesia. – Endovenous laser treatment requires only local anesthesia and can be performed in a doctor’s office or vein clinic.
  • Less traumatic. – In the past, vein stripping was the most common procedure used to treat larger varicose veins. Endovenous laser treatment can effectively address these larger veins with much less pain and risk of complications.
  • Limited recovery time. – Endovenous laser treatment does not require a lengthy recovery. Most patients will be able to resume their normal activities within 24 hours of the procedure.

Scheduling a Procedure

To schedule endovenous laser ablation, you must first visit a vein doctor. Keep in mind that this procedure is just one of the many treatment options available. Depending on the specifics of your condition, a different treatment method may be better for you. To learn more, please call Metro Vein Centers today.